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Old 08-03-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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Question How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Ok I hope I don't get reamed on this thread, but I did some research, quite a bit of searching, and honestly didn't find a good answer for my question.

I just recently picked up and got running my 55 Poncho Star Chief 4 door.
Here she is right now:


So I have a pretty solid but blank canvas to start with on this car.

My question is what exactly would be considered traditionally modifying this car into a hot rod? Or were 4 doors (& Star Chiefs in general!) just not candidates for hopping up in the first place?

Say you had this car your senior year in high school in 1959, what would you do to it?

I'm mainly just looking for opinions and advice before I start changing things on the Chief, and wanted to get a good perspective from the guys that knew how it was back in the day.

Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Traditionally ?? Trade it for a 2 door

honestly leave it alone looks wise and build a sleeper out of it
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

No high school kid would WANT to drive that, but if it was that or walk, then go with a bad ass motor, detailed and FAST. Maybe some skirts too and some striping.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Chop the top, french the headlights, lower it, new paint with flake on the roof, wide whites with steelies. Thats my opinion.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
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Bag it and get some wide whites with black steelies and you're done.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:35 PM   #6
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Shave the back door handles, put skirts on it,lakes ect..... Make it your own the hell with all others....... Put some hot rod flats on it drive it like you stold it.... Just my .02
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:37 PM   #7
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

I would give it a clean paint job, chrome reversed, skirts, sahve the handles, nose and deck it, and drop it. Nothing too crazy. It is a good looking car to start with.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:38 PM   #8
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Are you kidding?
Thats your Mom's car - she'll kick your ass for rodding it.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:45 PM   #9
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Slam it, shave handles, wide whites, loud exhaust.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:26 PM   #10
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Hell ya! Thanks guys, this is exactly what I wanted to hear.
Keep the opinions coming!

I understand it wouldn't be your choice in high school.
I mean, say your parents handed it down to you your junior year. Its not your dream car, but you've gotta keep up with the guys in your class. So you do what you can with it and make it as badass as possible. Then your car ends up so sweet you score the homecoming queen after the big game, and burn out of the high school parking lot a local legend. All because your mom gave you her old Star Chief when she got a new wagon.

This is the advice I need, keep it coming!
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:30 PM   #11
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

Take a look at mine parked in the garage right next to yours to get a good idea.

my brother is an idiot.

hahahaha
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:31 PM   #12
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I'd leave the exterior alone, put a 389 and a 4-speed in it with some free-flowing duals, get an upholstery shop to redo the seatS for comfort and drive-ability and spend the next 10 years making memories wearing it out again.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:33 PM   #13
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spend the next 10 years making memories wearing it out again.
The best advice I've heard yet!
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:35 PM   #14
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

I'm calling BS on all the folks that say a 4dr isn't cool. Go look thru the little books...tons of 4 door kustoms.

I defy you to tell me this ain't cool



Fadingfastsd, go to rik hoving's page on fotki and you'll find some period ideas...otherwise, buy a set of 'little books' on ebay or a swap meet and you might luck out to find that someone chopped up a 55 moredoor way back when
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:35 PM   #15
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

nice car, but as already stated above........

nothing traditional with a 4dr........

no kid from my era wanted a 4dr.......period........

unless they were driving the parents sedan......

fix it up, sell it and get a 2dr
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:53 PM   #16
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

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I'd leave the exterior alone, put a 389 and a 4-speed in it with some free-flowing duals, get an upholstery shop to redo the seatS for comfort and drive-ability and spend the next 10 years making memories wearing it out again.

that's it, and from a hard-core pontiac guy, too! don't get too involved in body and paint work on this, you should always be on the look out for a 2 door body, and anything you do to this one should be easily transferred to the 2 door.

if it was mine, i'd dump it in the front, ditch the front bumper, get some cheater slicks on a set of freshly painted steelies, the biggest, nastiest pontiac motor i could afford and run the shit out of it...
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:58 PM   #17
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ditch the license plate/bumper over rider, the gas cap gaurd, the stainless panels behind the wheels, etc. this was a cheap-ass sedan somebody gussied up, and selling those parts could get you a little working capital...

(p.s. leave the door handles alone and don't start any body work. nothing fucks up an ORIGINAL old car more than primer spots, unless you're gonna paint it and i hope you don't.)
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:01 PM   #18
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Default Re: How to Traditionally Hot Rod a Four Door Star Chief?

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I'd leave the exterior alone, put a 389 and a 4-speed in it with some free-flowing duals, get an upholstery shop to redo the seatS for comfort and drive-ability and spend the next 10 years making memories wearing it out again.
...and add a set of Pontiac 8-lug wheels, ...that, would be cool.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:01 PM   #19
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Don't look at any of this...4 doors are for losers & geeks, AND they weren't "traditional".

Somebody should have told these poor guys.

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Old 08-03-2009, 06:06 PM   #20
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I like it. Any more pics?

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